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Pace dictates success

Deadlines create urgency. Working at a fast pace creates better focus.

But excess speed is the leading cause of error, accidents, unnecessary stress, anger, and ultimately a shitty product.

Conversely, working at a snail’s pace can also have the same adverse effects. The perpetual feeling of being “undone” is haunting.

Proper productivity is therefore situational, a mastery of shifting gears based on existing priorities. Sometimes the best answers arise when we’re not working at all; good ideas brew over time, not overnight

Ideation + Experimentation = Learning

However, it’s vital to ride the excitement of our ideas as soon as they emerge.

Good things utlimately take time. Innovation never ends, improvement infinite.

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Now is the only time there is. 
Now is the only time there is. 
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Embrace Work-Life Imbalance

the problem is not your inability to switch off, but to switch on. This is rooted in the fact that too few people work in careers they enjoy. The only way to be truly successful is to follow your passions, find your mission, and learn how to embrace the work-life imbalance.

Overworking for something you like and think matters makes a lot of sense.  Sometimes it may not even feel like work.  Work becomes a burden when it competes against your interests.  Happy work, happy people.  

Fun work exists.  

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Exaggerating the lizard brain

Exaggerate the lizard brain, the fear. Make up visualizations of embarrassment of potentially career ending moves. See the worst outcome possible, and then intensify the big failure even more.

Hyperbolizing fear reduces its preventive impact. Deliberately over-thinking about negative outcomes undermines fear. Scared becomes funny and ridiculous.

Put fear in its corner by embracing its negativity.  Give in to get out.  And then go for it.  You’ve seriously got nothing to lose.

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Vulnerable Minds

If you believe whatever you’re told, soon enough you’ll discover the real truth.

Everybody has a different background and experience. The most you should do is listen to what people have to say and practice some of those tenets to see if they hold true for you too.

Advice is too fragile, as our are minds. The older we get the wiser we get, ostensibly. Premise your own advice with this: “shit worked when I did it but it might not work for you.”

Good luck.

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Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.

George Saunders
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